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2006 WASL Scores Reveal Surprises

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OLYMPIA, Wash.- The 2006 Washington Assessment of Student Learning scores are in, and there are some surprising numbers.

Only 52% of Washington's 10th graders passed all three parts of the test, and math was their downfall.

The results reveal that student's seem to be doing worse in math as they get older.

Even more startling, the majority of kids who only failed one part of the test failed the math section.

Only 51% of 10th graders passed the math part, compared to 64% of 3rd graders, and leaders think the curriculum needs a makeover.

"We clearly need an investment in our helping our teachers, and in the curriculum and the support for the districts, but we can't leave the kids in the lurch on something that we hadn't prepared them for," said Dr. Terry Bergeson, Washington's Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

Bergeson said they're working on ways to improve the test, and making sure kids who are behind do not fall further back.

Another result, family poverty and transferring schools seem to significantly lower scores.